Activities of First United States Army pressing eastward in Germany during World War 2. U.S. engineers and soldiers build a bridge over the Inde River since all nearby crossings had been destroyed by retreating German forces. Army vehicles cross the completed bridge. Soldiers bring heavy artillery and adjust it. View changes to Mausbach area to the South, where rockets are launched by 3rd Armored Division toward the river. Line of 75 U.S. Army rockets seen being loaded by U.S. soldiers and then fired together. Bright flashes and smoke as rockets are fired. Tanks of the 3rd Division moving out from the town. A U.S. vehicle in the advancing column toward Gressenich is hit by German guns. U.S. Army tanks, lined up like artillery, fire on German forces at Gressenich. Continuous line of 3rd Armored Division tanks, armored vehicles, and 6x6 vehicles come to the front and advance on roads of cities and villages moving eastward, and supporting the U.S. First Army Infantry. 1st Army infantry move through Hurtgen forest near Aachen. Ruined German factory is used as an observtion base by U.S. forces to coordinate attack on Gressenich, which was captured on November 19, 1944. 3rd Armored Division tanks move into open fields to continue offensive toward Werth, with U.S. infantry soldiers staying close to tanks for cover. Soldiers carry the wounded U.S. tank commander after German counter fire hits lead U.S. tank in the column. The wounded soldier is dragged to safety. Men of U.S. Army 1st Division Infantry enter town of Werth under German mortar fire and move from house to house clearing enemy snipers and mopping up in the ruins. U.S. Army soldiers guard a column of German prisoners (POW) who surrendered in Werth. View of ruined and destroyed buildings in German towns like Hamich after defeat. U.S. Army soldiers move through the town on foot with a small church in the background. U.S. Army trucks arrive in a rubbled village with food and ammunition for the offensive drive toward the Ruhr.
Activities of American First Army in its invasion of Germany during World War 2. Animated map shows 1st Army moves into the direction of Cologne plain east of the Hurtgen Forest for invasion into Germany. 1st Infantry and 3rd Armored Division move to Mausbach and 104th Division move to Stolberg on November, 16. Two barrage balloons manned by the British on outskirts of Aachen are seen rising up from the ground to be floated eastward marking the line of the German enemy positions. Aerial view of Allied bomber aircraft, both American and British, dropping fragmentary and incendiary bombs on Duren. Reconnaissance group of the 104th Division readies for drive through Stolberg. They are seen removing camouflage from vehicles, and watching the skies for completion of the Allied aerial bombardment of the forward target. 104th Division recon group seen holding a briefing and studying map. U.S. Army infantry advance through a forest area, while assault guns of the 3rd Armored Division cover their movement. Result of German counter fire: Casualties are evacuated from a demolished Allied batallion command post near Stolberg. Wounded American soldiers carried on stretchers and the town's civilians receive first aid.
U.S. soldiers in Mausbach, Germany during World War II. Cameraman with long lens on Eyemo shoots from U.S. 3rd Armored OP (Observation Post) in old factory building. Terrain as seen from OP. U.S. soldiers with radio in jeep. Ruined building used as observation post. Soldiers enter the building.
Activities of American First Army from Aachen to Roer River in Germany. Aerial view of city of Aachen heavily bombed. St Mary's Church is seen, damaged. Rubble of houses, rail centers, electric power plant, and Natural Gas facilities in Aachen. German Allied Military Government agents establish orders and hang the sign board of 'Mines Cleared to Rubble' on pole. They supervise crews clearing debris. Soldier brings out city's telephone diagram from hidden place. German Allied Military Government agents distribute food retrieved from hidden stores outside of town. Citizens are seen carrying food and smiling. Refugees return to the city. Sign of 'Mausbach'. U.S. Army 3rd Armored Division for the first time since D-Day gets relaxation time. Smiling Army soldiers in a chow line. 3rd Armored Division troops eat a hot meal on outskirts of Aachen. Military vehicles go towards rest center and enter into 'Hotel Koener'. Soldiers carrying their belongings climb stairs up. View of smoke rising from targets of U.S. Army artillery fire. A church steeple is shown consumed in flames.
Germans smash into the U.S. First Army positions along a 45 mile front and advance deep into Luxemburg and Belgium, in Battle of the Bulge. Animated maps show Germany, France and Belgium. German Tiger tanks, troops, and artillery in action against Americans. Vehicles of United States convoy wrecked and burning along road, as German troops advance past the burning vehicles. Fire and smoke rise from U.S. tanks, jeeps and trucks. Germans firing and bombing. U.S. soldiers captured. Frozen dead bodies of U.S. soldiers, victims of the Malmedy massacre, some with hands and feet tied, being placed army truck. Dead bodies of Belgian civilians being placed in large common grave . View of German officer ordering a firing squad to shoot. German troops smoke American cigarettes taken from dead U.S. troops. American troops in retreat and burning and destroying war materiel that could not be brought with them. American defenders firing artillery, including antiaircraft guns fired level, as antitank weapons. Skies streaked with contrails and dog fights between American and German airplanes. American aircraft bombing German positions after weather clears. American troops patrol in snow covered wooded areas. General Eisenhower talks with soldiers. German soldiers advancing. Newspaper headline reads: "Russians Smash Last Nazi Line." Another newspaper headline reads: "40 Jap Ships Sunk." Another reads: "3rd Army Deep in Germany." Narrator cautions against complacency, reminding of 78 thousand American soldiers lost during the Christmas holiday, in 1944. Views of dead American soldiers. Narrator offers closing public service war propaganda message: "If you have a War Job, Stick to it" and " If you Haven't, Get one!"
U.S. paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division are seen silhoutted against sky as they board C-47 transport aircraft in Operation Market Garden mission to Grave and Nijmegen, Holland, in September, 1944, during World War 2. C-47 starts engines. C-47s take off towing gliders. Change of subject to Allied operations crossing the Rhine River into Germany in 1945. U.S. Army troops in a long boat powered by an outboard motor. U.S. troops board U.S. Navy amphibious assault boats on shore of the Rhine (Rhein) River. View from above of assault boats undergoing fire from German defenders during the crossing. U.S. troops moving quickly out of the assault boats on German soil. Scene shifts to airborne operations. View in cockpit of U.S. transport aircraft carrying U.S. paratroopers of the 17th Airborne Division, on joint British-American Operation Varsity, to drop paratroopers on the German side of the Rhine River. A C-46 transport aircraft, in flight, bearing Tail Code "H.". View from cargo compartment as 17th Airborne Division paratroopers exit very efficiently, by jumping from both doors of the C-46. Sky filled with parachutes. Scene shifts to ground operations. U.S. Army troops stand shoulder to shoulder on a section of pontoon bridge, as it is pushed across a river by Army engineers in two small power boats. U.S. tanks and vehicles crossing pontoon bridges. Supreme Allied Commander, Five-star General Dwight D. Eisenhower, stands with Lieutenant General William Hood Simpson, commander of the U.S. Ninth Army, as they observe Allied operations. American soldiers taking German prisoners of war. German POWs being escorted under guard and large numbers of them in an open field under U.S. guard.